Chore Sticks

When the kids were at an age where I wanted them to help, I had to come up with a fun way to persuade them to pick up a vacuum or dust cloth. So I created a list of chores. I divided them up into three categories: simple (yellow), medium difficulty (red) and time-consuming (blue). I wrote the chores on the sticks.


write chores with fine tip sharpie marker on craft sticks

I wrapped colored yarn around the opposite end of the stick based on the difficulty. Adrian, when he was much younger was only allowed to choose the yellow sticks. They were jobs like, “Organize the shoes” or “pick up toys”. Josie was able to close her eyes and pick any stick.

It made it much more fun and they actually cheered, “Let’s do a chore stick!” We’ve moved since I made these sticks so I need to make some new ones. “Wipe down the bar stools” is no longer appropriate because we don’t have those bar stools. And the kitchen I have now doesn’t have pulls on the doors and drawers so that chore stick is no longer useable. It’s very simple. Sitting in front of the tv one night I just wrapped yarn around the sticks and glued with Elmer’s glue. And when the yarn ends are popping out of a pretty mug, it’s not an ugly list of chores. It’s Artsy Fartsy!

wrap with yarn

choose yarn according to color category and glue with Elmer’s and let rest until dry

2 thoughts on “Chore Sticks

  1. Esther

    I *love* this idea! Perry enjoys helping around the house, but I think this will take chores to a whole new level of excitement for him. :)

    1. Jessie Post author

      Hi Essie. My first commenter. (is that a word?) I feel like I should send you a prize.
      Yes, these chore sticks were fun to make. The kids helped create the jobs, too. That helped in boosting the excitement, too.


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